History of Innovation

Nearly a Century of Experience.
Donaldson Company was founded in 1915 when Frank Donaldson Sr. developed a simple air cleaner to solve a farmer's tractor problems. In the late 1920s, crop fires caused by engine sparks fueled our diversification into exhaust products. Success and innovation in agricultural equipment led directly to opportunities in the construction and mining markets and later to the over-the-road truck market.

Timeline

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1910s

First-ever air cleaner invented by Frank Donaldson
 

1930s

First closed crankcase ventilation system (pollution control device) invented for cars
 
Patent issued for oil-washed air cleaner
 

1950s

Innovative dry-type air cleaner and filter
 
First Donaldson exhaust manufacturing facility opened
 

1960s

Introduced mufflers with integrated ejectors
 

1970s

Mobile hydraulic low pressure filters manufactured
 
SealClamp™ band-style exhaust clamp Developed Self Cleaning Air Filter (SCAF)
 

1980s

Donaldson Pioneered Ultrra_Web® Nanofiber Filtration Technology
 
Revolutionary Duramax® mid-pressure hydraulic spin-on
 
Synteq™ filter media developed for lube and hydraulic
 
Produced engine liquid filters
 
Innovative RadialSeal™ sealing technology
 
Pleatloc™ media spacing invented
 
Mufflers designed to meet U.S. EPA truck noise regulations
 
Active DPF system for transit bus verified
 
Fuel filter production began in South Africa
 

1990s

Ultra-Web® Nanofiber Filtration Technology first used in engine filtration products
 
Donadson Endurance™ extended service filters introduced
 
Pulse Jet Air Cleaner (PJAC™) applied on M1 Abrams tank
 
Donaldson pioneers the design of the integrated catalytic converter muffler
 
Silent Partner™ first muffler to effectively reduce engine brake noise
 
 
Donaldson PowerCore® Filtration Technology developed
 
Engine liquid filter and mobile hydraulics production expanded globally
 

2000s

Ground-breaking PowerCore® G2 Filtration Technology introduced
 
Spiracle™ crankcase filtration introduced to eliminate emissions from open crankcase
 
Synteq XP™ filter media launched in next generation Duramax® and Spiracle™ crankcase systems
 
Synteq™ fuel filter media first and second generation
 
Emissions compliant lube and fuel technologies
 
T.R.A.P.™ filtration technology for hydraulic reservoirs
 
First to verify patented tailpipe and crankcase solutions with CARB and EPA
 
DPF cleaning system and DMF muffler launch for the emissions retrofit market
 
Introduced PJAC™ Ultra®
 

2010 & beyond

Synteq™ XP Media improves Donaldson Endurance™ extended life fuel filters
 


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